|Gay Sex before Zippers - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes gay sex when BVD's were still predominant underwear, before zippers in the 1930s... men would meet at Presidio guardhouse and go into the bushes.
Keywords: Presidio; Gay Sex; Harry Hay
Downloads: 89,319 (10 reviews)
|Geneva Towers Implosion - Caitlin Manning|
The infamous Geneva Towers housing project was imploded to make way for improved public housing.
Keywords: public housing; Geneva Towers; implosion
|Pie Fight 1969 - Christian Bruno and Sam Green|
The 1969 San Francisco International Film Festival opens on the steps of City Hall, but is unexpectedly attacked by independent filmmakers with pies. This footage was long-lost and then found and made into a movie in the late 1990s.
Keywords: Film Festival; 1969; Pie Fight
Downloads: 8,921 (3 reviews)
|Harvey Milk's Last Words|
Harvey Milk's last words, delivered posthumously, recorded in case of his assassination... excerpted from The Life and Times of Harvey Milk.
Keywords: Harvey Milk; last words; Gay
Downloads: 24,238 (2 reviews)
scenes of Japanese-Americans being shipped out of the Fillmore on their way to "internment".
Keywords: Japanese Internment; WWII; war crimes
Downloads: 6,699 (2 reviews)
|John Knox On Noe Valley 1970s - Shaping San Francisco|
John Knox, Executive Director of the Earth Island Institute in Berkeley, has been a resident of Noe Valley since the early 1970s. Here he describes some early community activism he was involved in and some of the old-timers he ran up against, as well as a funny anecdote about an awards ceremony with Mayor Moscone in City Hall.
Keywords: Noe Valley; neighborhood association; community organizing; solar homes; 1970s solar energy; beautification
|White Night Riot|
Riot and destruction at City Hall in the wake of the slap-on-the-wrist manslaughter verdict against Dan White, murderer of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone.
Keywords: riot; White Night; Harvey Milk
Downloads: 21,064 (1 review)
|Arrests at HUAC in City Hall|
scenes of students being washed down rotunda stairs in SF City Hall during mass arrests at HUAC hearings, May 1960.
Keywords: HUAC; protests; City Hall
Downloads: 7,570 (2 reviews)
|We Won't Go Back - Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue|
excerpted from a documentary prepared by the Bay Area Coalition Against Operation Rescue, showing the battles that took place in the late 1980s between anti-abortion direct action groups like OR, and women who defended clinics against them.
Keywords: abortion; women; Operation Rescue
Downloads: 6,232 (1 review)
|Squatter Punx Rock the Vats - Glenn Bachmann|
The old Falstaff brewery became a home to punk rockers in the early 1980s before its demolition. Here's a glimpse of an impromptu concert outside.
Keywords: Punk; Vats; Brewery
Downloads: 7,947 (2 reviews)
|Telegraph Hil from Bay - Chris Carlsson|
shot from a canoe off Pier 33 looking up at Coit Tower and Telegraph Hill.
Keywords: Telegraph Hill; SF Bay; Coit Tower
|Mandel at HUAC 1960 - n/a|
excerpt from William Mandel's testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee hearing at San Francisco City Hall, May 1960.
Keywords: William Mandel; HUAC 1960; San Francisco City Hall
|Summer of Love by Diamond Dave Whitaker - Chris Carlsson|
A Summer of Love poem/rap by San Francisco legend "Diamond Dave" Whitaker.
Keywords: Summer of Love; Diamond Dave Whitaker; spoken word
|Bay Bridge from the water - Chris Carlsson|
Footage shot from a canoe ride under the Bay Bridge takes a look back at the San Francisco waterfront from under the bridge.
Keywords: Bay Bridge; SF Bay; waterfront
|Shaping SF 3 Percent Solution - Shaping San Francisco|
The 3% Solution Campaign, a summer sustainer drive to support Shaping San Francisco as a public utility providing essential history to the city of San Francisco: walking and bicycle tours, public Talks (both live and archived online at shapingsf.org), and our ever-expanding archive of local history at foundsf.org.
Keywords: history; Shaping San Francisco; FoundSF.org; sustainers; 3 percent solution; fundraising campaign
Footage taken about a month after the massive earthquake and fire of 1906.
Keywords: Earthquake; Fire; 1906
Downloads: 14,474 (5 reviews)
|The Farm (documentary) - Mike Kavanaugh, MaryEllen Churchill, and Kathy Katz|
A 47-minute documentary about San Francisco's "The Farm," which was a remarkable urban laboratory and creative space, in addition to being a farm with animals, vegetables, fruit trees, farmers, circus performers, discussions, performance, punk rock shows, and much much more...
Keywords: The Farm; Jack Wickert; Bonnie Ora Sherk; urban farming; urban gardening; circus; children; performance; Frisco Bay Mussel Group; Planet Drum
|Crowds at Ocean Beach|
Turn of the 19th century crowds at Ocean Beach
Keywords: Ocean Beach; Cliff House; 1900
Downloads: 7,932 (1 review)
|The Farm - Kathy Katz and Mike Kavanaugh|
An excerpt from a 45-minute documentary about The Farm, the remarkable rural oasis under the freeways in San Francisco from 1974-1986, an autonomous zone that housed farm animals, rehearsal and performance space, theater and punk rock...
Keywords: Farm; San Francisco; 1970s
Downloads: 12,719 (9 reviews)
|Critical Mass 3rd birthday - Chris Carlsson|
Scenes from the chaotic 3rd birthday Critical Mass bike ride in San Francisco
Keywords: Critical Mass; bicycles; San Francisco
Downloads: 2,676 (2 reviews)
|Preparedness Day cartoon|
Animation dramatizing the choice between "prosperity" and "anarchy, sedition, and lawlessness" in 1916
Keywords: Tom Mooney; Preparedness Day; bomb
Downloads: 6,585 (3 reviews)
|Powell Street scenes c 1920s - Shaping San Francisco|
edited from silent footage from the Prelinger Archive to collect the images of Powell Street cable car turnaround and some shots going up and down Powell too.
Keywords: Powell Street; cable cars; 1920s
|John Muir on Hetch Hetchy - Shaping San Francisco|
Animation showing Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley before and after inundation, with a quote from John Muir
Keywords: John Muir; Hetch Hetchy; San Francisco water system
Fatty Arbuckle and one of his adoring dames, posing for the publicity cameras of the PPIE in 1915.
Keywords: Fatty Arbuckle; PPIE; 1915
Downloads: 5,829 (2 reviews)
A strike begins at the Union Iron Works at the foot of Potrero Hill in 1917.
Keywords: Strike; Potrero Hill; Union Iron Works
Downloads: 4,903 (1 review)
|Fleet Week 2011 - Matthew Chong|
A medley of images from Fleet Week in San Francisco by Matthew Chong
Keywords: Fleet Week; militarism; patriotism; San Francisco
Downloads: 829 (1 review)
Mud people descend on downtown San Francisco... the only rules? No walking and no talking! Merry mayhem ensues.
Keywords: mud people; financial district; anarchy
Downloads: 8,825 (5 reviews)
Before occupational health and safety, this is how excavation was done. A steam shovel is digging a tunnel for the SF Muni, c. 1917.
Keywords: steam shovel; digging tunnels; excavation
Downloads: 3,867 (1 review)
|Panama-Pacific International Exposition|
panoramic view of the PPIE on San Francisco's northern edge, 1915, as broadcast in a 1930s newsreel.
Keywords: PPIE; World's Fairs; Marina District
Downloads: 3,528 (1 review)
|San Francisco celebrates VE Day 1918|
Newsreel footage from the Market Street celebration of the end of WWI in San Francisco, 1918.
Keywords: WWI; San Francisco; 1918
Downloads: 19,290 (5 reviews)
|Seal Rock Pacific Ocean - Chris Carlsson|
Seal Rock off the Cliff House, the ocean roaring around it.
Keywords: Seal Rock; Pacific Ocean; Cliff House view
Downloads: 5,229 (1 review)
|Campfire: Sarah Brandt - Adriana Camarena|
Sarah Brandt is a San Francisco public school teacher and lifelong City dweller, who is currently being Ellis Act evicted from her Mission District apartment, alongside her 98 year old neighbor, Mary Elizabeth (M.E. or Emmy) Phillips. Emmy has lived in her home for over 40 years. The original footage was captured on January 17, 2014 as part of a storytelling circle called "Campfire: Eviction Ghost Stories and Other Housing Horrors." This mini-clip is part of a series of mini-clips honoring fou...
Keywords: Campfire; Eviction; Ellis Act; Mission District; Adriana Camarena; Sarah Brandt; Mary Phillips; CalHumanities; Kenneth Rainin Foundation
|Shiva in GG Park - John Fulbright|
How a shrine to Shiva emerged in Golden Gate Park in the form of a cement pylon.
Keywords: Shiva; Golden Gate Park; religion
Downloads: 1,709 (4 reviews)
|Lands End train ride|
Sped-up trip eastward along the old Sutro Steam railroad from Cliff house back towards the then-empty Golden Gate.
Keywords: Golden Gate; Lands End; railroad
Downloads: 6,305 (1 review)
|Ecology Emerges: Oscar Grande - Shaping San Francisco|
Oscar Grande is an organizer with PODER in San Francisco's Mission District, an organization dedicated to environmental and social justice.
Keywords: Environmental justice; ecology; urban agriculture; economic growth; transportation; urban gardens; racism; Mission District
|Gulf War protests - Paper Tiger TV West|
scenes from demonstrations against the 1991 Gulf War in San Francisco.
Keywords: Gulf War I991; civic center; anti-war protests
Downloads: 4,772 (1 review)
|Redevelopment and ILWU - California Newsreel|
excerpted from a one-hour documentary called "Redevelopment: A Marxist Analysis", this clip shows the frustration of the retired longshoremen in the Yerba Buena project area when ILWU president Harry Bridges failed to support their struggle against displacement.
Keywords: Redevelopment; ILWU; Harry Bridges
Downloads: 1,549 (2 reviews)
|Gartland Pit street theater - Craig Baldwin|
Street theater held across from Gartland Pit in the mid-1980s. Peter Plate on megaphone.
Keywords: Gartland Pit; Street Theater; Peter Plate
Downloads: 1,726 (1 review)
|Teddy Roosevelt in SF|
Difficult to discern, but President Teddy Roosevelt is in a procession heading up Van Ness in this short clip.
Keywords: Teddy Roosevelt; Van Ness; parade
Downloads: 5,002 (1 review)
|Corruption in Local 2 - Mary Ellen Churchill|
A rank and file member of Local 2 denounces the rampant corruption and anti-democratic practices of the union leadership under Joe Belardi.
Keywords: Union democracy; rank and file; corruption
Downloads: 1,683 (1 review)
|First Female to swim Golden Gate|
Hazel Lagenour, first woman to swim across the Golden Gate, in 1911, provided courtesy Bill Pickelhaupt.
Keywords: First swim; Golden Gate; Hazel Lagenour
Downloads: 3,557 (1 review)
|General Strike newsreel 1 - Bert Gould|
Original Pathe News newsreel footage describing the unfolding General Strike in breathless and fearsome tones.
Keywords: Big Strike; 1934; newsreel
Downloads: 5,500 (1 review)
|Key Trains on Bay Bridge|
brief excerpt from a documentary on the Key System, which once ran trains across the Bay Bridge.
Keywords: Key System; Ferry Building; Bay trains
Downloads: 4,969 (1 review)
|Anti Economy League In Eastern Europe April 1990 - Chris Carlsson and Michael Whitson|
In April 1990, some friends toured the East, from East Berlin to Sczcezin, Poland, to Gdansk, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, and finally to Prague, Czechoslovakia. We encountered a wildcat train strike across the border in Poland which at the time seemed rather momentous, with aspiring middle-class politicians representing "Solidarnosc" pitted against the rank-and-file train workers. We rode across Poland in a cab, met anarchists and other radicals along the way, and even have a short clip of the Orange A...
Keywords: Anti-Economy League of San Francisco; Eastern Europe; East Berlin; Poland; Gdansk; Solidarnosc; Solidarity; Warsaw; Wroclaw; Orange Alternative; Prague; Radio Free Prague; Czechoslovakia; dissent; dissident politics
|Reclaim May Day 1998 - Whispered Media|
Reclaim May Day 1998 was organized by a coalition of political groups, including Art & Revolution, Shaping San Francisco, Eviction Defense Committee, Food Not Bombs, Reclaiming, and others. It was full-on parade starting at Mission and Steuart, proceeding to Yerba Buena Gardens, UN Plaza, 16th Street BART plaza, and ending at Dolores Park. It started in the rain and ended in beautiful sunshine. Maybe 1,000 people joined in, all without permits, and about a dozen different performances were stage...
Keywords: performance; parade; MayDay; dissent; anarchy; Emma Goldman; Shaping San Francisco; Rememberator; Food Not Bombs; Evictions; Landlords
Health inspectors walk up Chinatown alley
Keywords: Chinatown; plague; alleys
|Ecology Emerges: Monica Moore - Shaping San Francisco|
Part of the Ecology Emerges oral history collection project by Shaping San Francisco, this is part one of the interview with Monica Moore, co-founder of the Pesticide Action Network.
Keywords: Ecology Emerges; Monica Moore; Pesticide Action Network; ecology; Malaysia; Brazil; Nestles; Bhopal; India; DDT; environmental justice
|Pickups at Finocchio's - Chris Carlsson|
Harry Hay describes the pickup scene at the North Beach bar Finocchio's in the early 1930s.
Keywords: Harry Hay; Finocchio's; gay dating
Downloads: 3,109 (1 review)
|SF Anti-Iraq War demo Jan. 18, 2003 - Chris Carlsson|
Huge anti-Iraq War demonstrations rocked U.S. cities in autumn 2002 and winter 2003. This shows the January 18, 2003 demonstration in San Francisco.
Keywords: Anti-Iraq war; San Francisco; protest
|General Strike newsreel 2 - Bert Gould|
Pathe News newsreel footage of the first days of San Francisco's General Strike, stores and streets empty.
Keywords: Big Strike; 1934; newsreel